THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED-The Lost Cafe Schindler

THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED-The Lost Cafe Schindler

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Second Generation Network is scheduling an interview with Meriel Schindler, who wrote her family history in order to pass on a coherent account to her children. Her father had told her only fragments of the family story; he had fled Innsbruck, in Austria in 1938; her grandfather had fought in WWI; the family owned a distellery in the early 19th century. How much of this was true? Meriel herself had led a privileged life in London until , at 15, she was suddenly uprooted and sent to a provincial Austrian convent school, speaking no German, with no proper explanations given. To answer these questions, Meriel trawled through Nazi era documents and photo albums she inherited from her father when he died in 2017. One photo album was devoted to the Cafe Schindler; a grand Viennese-style coffee-house, founded by her grandfather as an antidote to the horrors of fighting in WWI. As Meriel visited some of the places mentioned in letters and documents and searched through archives, she was able to unravel far more than just a family history, providing a broader account of communal and social life in a provincial city.

Meriel Schindler will be introduced by our Second Generation Network member, Tania Barnett, who will proceed to ask Meriel a number of questions about her book, to be followed by a Q+A session.

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